HMANA is partnering for the fourth year with the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership to assist in the better understanding of dragonfly migration.
The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) is a pioneering citizen science-based study of dragonfly migration in North America that was launched by US Forest Service International Programs and is chaired and coordinated by the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Regular monitoring and centralized reporting among participants across the US, Canada and Mexico will help to answer some of the many questions currently surrounding dragonfly migration and provide information needed to create cross-border conservation programs to protect and sustain the phenomenon.
We are looking for watch site coordinators to participate in this important citizen-science project but if you should participate or how much you’d like to be involved is up to you. A hawkwatch may designate a special counter just for dragonflies or use current hawkwatchers to collect the data. Either can work! Counts are timed for as many minutes as you can cover – one, five, ten, for each hour or whenever you can. Estimates of migrant numbers are also accepted (e.g., 500 plus, less than 10, etc.) You may find you don’t have time for dragonfly watching at all which is fine, too.
If you are interested in taking part in dragonfly monitoring, please contact HMANA monitoring site coordinator, Julie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will sign you up and add the necessary data entry fields to your HawkCount.org account.
For information on the five species they are tracking and how to identify them in flight: